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June Williams, Gorseinon office manager

Dawsons office manager receives annual assessment by Estate Agency Network

June Williams,  from Dawsons branch in Gorseinon, has been assessed as their company’s Relocation Agent Specialist.

The 2018 assessment was awarded by Relocation Agent Network (RAN) following completion of its training programme and is achieved by individuals who continue to provide good quality service to relocating families moving either from or to the Gorseinon area.

June  first qualified as a Relocation Agent Specialist in May 2016 by completing Relocation Agent Network’s  a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service.

A national network of leading estate agents (of which Dawsons is a member), RAN introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

Dawsons’ Senior Partner,  Chris Hope said: “Having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team offers our relocating customers the added assurance that they’ll be working with someone who understands the relocation process, someone who can offer help and guidance along the way.

“We’re so proud that June’s performance has been assessed this year and it’s a great example of the continual development we invest in, here at Dawsons.”

To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, RAN members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Gorseinon, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. As a Relocation Agent Specialist, June ensures that this process is made even smoother.

RAN’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said: “To be recognised for their performance this year as a Relocation Agent Specialist is a great achievement. Well done to June. Selected by us to represent the Network in Gorseinon, Dawsons has proved themselves to be the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”

James Smale, Dawsons branch on Morriston

DAWSONS DELIGHT AS JAMES RECEIVES ANNUAL RELOCATION NETWORK ASSESSMENT

James Smale,  from Dawsons’ Morriston branch, has been assessed as their company’s Relocation Agent Specialist.

The 2018 assessment was awarded by Relocation Agent Network (RAN) following completion of its training programme and is achieved by individuals who continue to provide good quality service to relocating families moving either from or to the Morriston area.

James first qualified as a RAN Specialist in September 2017 by completing Relocation Agent Network’s  a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service. A national network of leading estate agents (of which Dawsons is a member), RAN introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

Dawsons’ Senior Partner, Chris Hope said: “Having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team offers our relocating customers the added assurance that they’ll be working with someone who understands the relocation process, someone who can offer help and guidance along the way.

“We’re so proud that James’s performance has been assessed this year and it’s a great example of the continual development we invest in, here at Dawsons.”

To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Morriston, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. As a Relocation Agent Specialist, James ensures that this process is made even smoother.

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said: “To be recognised for their performance this year as a Relocation Agent Specialist is a great achievement. Well done to James. Selected by us to represent the Network in Morriston, Dawsons has proved themselves to be the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”

Dawsons present high vis jackets to schoolchildren in Loughor

Dawsons donate high vis jackets to Loughor schoolchildren

Dawsons estate agent has donated 27 high vis jackets to Tre Uchaf School in Loughor.

Head Teacher Christine Hewitt said the school were delighted with the contribution of the high vis jackets from Dawsons’ branch in Gorseinon.

“The high vis jackets are a very welcome gift from Dawsons. They will be used regularly by our younger classes while out and about in the community and on school trips and they will help ensure that the children are seen and safe,” she said.

Dawsons’ staff in Gorseinon Amanda Bamford, Sales Negotiator, and Simon McLaren, Senior Sales Negotiator, went to the school in person to present the jackets to Mrs Hewitt and the children.

“We were delighted to be able to go to the school and present the infants with these high vis jackets. It is very important for the children to be as safe as possible when they go on school visits,” said Amanda.

While they were at the school Simon and Amanda also judged the Infants’ Easter Bonnet Parade and the Juniors’ Easter Decorate an Egg Competition (see pictures below).

MAIN CAPTION: Pupils modelling their high vis jackets. Front row: Cole Morgan, Molly Pompa, Lily Puddefoot, and Jackson Beavers. Back row: Maisie Harris and Olly Thomas, with Simon McClaren and Amanda Bamford.

Infant Easter Bonnet Parade winners: Theo Thomas (1st), Kacey Rose (2nd), Sandro Jones (3rd)
Infant Easter Bonnet Parade winners: Theo Thomas (1st),  Sandro Jones (3rd), Kacey Jones (2nd)
Junior Easter Decorate and Egg winners: Grace Harries (1st), Jac Kavanagh (2nd), Jaydon Taylor (3rd)
Junior Easter Decorate and Egg winners:  Jaydon Taylor (3rd), Jac Kavanagh (2nd),  Grace Harries (1st)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Whitter-Jones of Dawsons' branch in Sketty

Dawsons’ Sketty branch celebrating after Helen assessed as Relocation Agent specialist

Helen Whitter-Jones  of Dawsons’ branch in Sketty has been assessed as their company’s Relocation Agent Specialist.

The 2018 assessment was awarded by Relocation Agent Network (RAN) following completion of its training programme and is achieved by individuals who continue to provide good quality service to relocating families moving either from or to the Sketty area.

Helen first qualified as a Relocation Agent Specialist in March 2016 by completing RAN’s  comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service. A national network of leading estate agents (of which Dawsons is a member), Relocation Agent Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope said: “Having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team offers our relocating customers the added assurance that they’ll be working with someone who understands the relocation process, someone who can offer help and guidance along the way.

“We’re so proud that Helen’s performance has been assessed this year and it’s a great example of the continual development we invest in, here at Dawsons.”

By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Sketty, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. As a Relocation Agent Specialist,  ensures that this process is made even smoother.

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said: “To be recognised for their performance this year as a Relocation Agent Specialist is a great achievement. Well done to Helen . Selected by us to represent the Network in Sketty, Dawsons has proved themselves to be the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”

Video: Dawsons’ Sell Your Home For Free – It’s on the house

Watch Dawsons’ video promoting their exciting new competition – if you have a property you want to put on the market contact Dawsons before the end of June, put it up for sale with the leading South Wales estate agent and you will be entered in the competition with the winner paying no agent fees! It’s on the house!

Jo Summerfield-Talbot, Dawsons’ Director of Sales said: “It is all about the close-knit communities we work within. We decided it would be a great idea to try and give something back to the lucky winner by selling their home for free.

“We have been in business for more than 25 years ago and have forged many great relationships during this time, not just with business associates but more importantly with our clients who have remained loyal throughout the years.

Sell Your House for Free competition
Sell Your House for Free competition

“Our success is not only attributed to the them but also the many recommendations we receive for which we are immensely grateful and proud, equally the outstanding work our teams put in to make it as seamless as possible, by always going the extra mile.”

So, to enter call your local branch of Dawsons, book a valuation, place your property on the market before the end of June and you will be entered into our prize draw. It really is as simple as that.

Properties will have to be valued by Dawsons between Tuesday, March 20th and Thursday, May 24th to be eligible for the competition, and properties will need to be placed on the open market within four weeks of the closing date of the competition.

You can see the full competition T&C’s on the Dawsons website www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk.

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Dawsons ready to sell your property for free – it’s on the house!

With winter behind us Dawsons is ready to spring into action with their biggest and best competition ever – ‘Sell your Home for Free’.  

If you have a property you want to put on the market contact Dawsons before the end of June, put it up for sale with the leading South Wales estate agent and you will be entered in the competition with the winner paying no agent fees! It’s on the house!

Jo Summerfield-Talbot, Dawsons’ Director of Sales said: “It is all about the close-knit communities we work within. We decided it would be a great idea to try and give something back to the lucky winner by selling their home for free. 

“We have been in business for more than 25 years ago and have forged many great relationships during this time, not just with business associates but more importantly with our clients who have remained loyal throughout the years.

“Our success is not only attributed to the them but also the many recommendations we receive for which we are immensely grateful and proud, equally the outstanding work our teams put in to make it as seamless as possible, by always going the extra mile.”

So, to enter call your local branch of Dawsons, book a valuation, place your property on the market before the end of June and you will be entered into our prize draw. It really is as simple as that.

Properties will have to be valued by Dawsons between Tuesday, March 20th and Thursday, May 24th to be eligible for the competition, and properties will need to be placed on the open market within four weeks of the closing date of the competition.

You can see the full competition T&C’s on the Dawsons website www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk.

Panoramic view from planned Dawsons development in Mumbles

Here is the fantastic view you can expect to have from a prestigious forthcoming residential apartment development in Mumbles which Dawsons Estate agents is delighted to have been named sole agent of.

Along with the proposed Marks & Spencer store on the site of the old British Legion building in Newton Road, nine luxury apartments are being built above with the whole development expected to be completed in early 2019.

Not only are these spacious high spec properties situated right in the heart of Mumbles but they will enjoy a section of the beautiful 180 degree panoramic views over Oystermouth Castle, the sweep of Mumbles Bay and around to Mumbles Pier.

“Having been involved in this unique development since close to the start, it is with great excitement that we now see it becoming a reality, with pre-building activity already on site” said Tim Kostromin, Partner with Dawsons Land & New Homes.

“This is a spectacular opportunity for people to own a private luxury apartment, set just off the hustle and bustle of a vibrant village of Mumbles, which is continually improving with its eclectic mix of shops, eateries, and bars.

“Located above the Marks & Spencer store will be the nine luxury apartments, all of which will boast sea and/or castle views, and all having the distinct advantage of parking.”

The construction company Andrew Scott has just begun on site with the main building works to continue right through 2018, with an anticipated completion date of March 2019.

The spacious nine apartments of varying size, some of which will be duplex, will be built to a high specification.

It is anticipated that the official launch will be Summer 2018 however, Dawsons will be releasing information to all database clients when prices are confirmed.

Tim added: “Anyone wishing to register their interest to be informed with more specific detail and prices when launched, is advised to contact either myself, or our Land and New Homes staff, based in our Marina Office on 01792 653100, and we will be pleased to keep them updated.”

Dawsons

Sales progression costing more for high street agents as online firms fall down on the job

Dawsons Property has backed the findings of a report which claims that traditional agents are being forced increasingly to step in and pick up the pieces left by online firms.

The report, from regional solicitors Rix & Kay reported by Property Eye, suggests there is a lack of support from online agents which is driving up the cost of sales progression for high street agents.

Traditional estate agents are finding that they are having to come in and ensure chains do not collapse because sellers have chosen online firms. It means that in a lot of cases agents are having to take the hit on higher costs of sales progression.

Jo Summerfield-Talbot, Dawsons’ Sales Director, has warned vendors to beware.

“What most vendors don’t realise when using an online ‘DIY’ agent to sell, that they are at an immediate disadvantage when buying on,” said Jo.

Jo Summerfield-Talbot
Jo Summerfield-Talbot

“It is becoming more and more apparent some of these ‘agents’ do not fully check the chain details when recommending and accepting an offer on behalf of their client, which is completely beyond me and certainly not in the interest of their client.

“It is a huge frustration to our dedicated sales chasers when we find ourselves in a chain with some of these ‘agents’ to find they are completely ignorant to the circumstances surrounding the sale/purchase and any subsequent parties in the chain.

“We invariably find ourselves doing the work for them, just to ensure both our vendors and purchasers are kept fully in the loop, avoiding any unnecessary stress and progressing matters to a swift completion.”

Rix & Kay, which covers Sussex and Kent, said that 98% of traditional estate agents agreed that the home buying process is more likely to collapse in the absence of experienced professionals.

The firm said that the most skilled and critical phase of the home buying and selling process was sales progression but that online agents who are paid upfront and not reliant on a sale completing to get paid had little motivation or incentive to support their clients.

It also found that the public has little awareness of how critical sales progression is and that traditional agents needed to do “far more” to differentiate their services from online rivals if they want to avoid being selected on cost alone.

In the estimation of the agents Rix & Kay spoke to, a total of 84% thought that the public don’t truly understand the role of the traditional estate agent.

Meanwhile, 76% felt they were not doing enough to ensure the public is aware of the differences in service traditional businesses can offer.

The report also recommended that traditional agents consider alternative business models if they wanted to remain profitable.

It found that 70% of traditional estate agents agreed with this idea, whereas only 8% disagreed (with 22% neither agreeing nor disagreeing).

Rix & Kay added that better regulation of the home buying and selling process was “fundamental” to improve service quality, as well as the reputation and credibility of the industry.

Of the agents surveyed, 66% strongly agreed this was the case, with a further 28% simply agreeing.

Not a single agent disagreed with the idea.

And it urged agents to embrace technology to improve their service, and to learn from their online rivals in this respect.

Dawsons trio receive advanced RAN status

Dawsons trio receive advanced status as Relocation Agent Network specialists

Matthew Whitehead, Davina Rowlands and Joe Chiffi from Dawsons have received an ‘Advanced’ assessment as their company’s Relocation Agent Specialist (RAN).

The 2018 assessment was awarded by RAN. It is achieved by going above and beyond in the relocation services individuals provide to relocating families moving either from or to the Llanelli area as assessed by Relocation Agent Network based on performance results .

Only 10% of Relocation Agent Specialists from RAN across England, Scotland and Wales have received the ‘Advanced’ award.

Matthew and Joe, from Llanelli  branch, and Davina, from Killay branch, first qualified as Relocation Agent Specialists by completing Relocation Agent Network’s  comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service. A national network of leading estate agents (of which Dawsons is a member), Relocation Agent Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

Dawsons’ Senior Director Chris Hope said: “Having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team offers our relocating customers the added assurance that they’ll be working with someone who understands the relocation process, someone who can offer help and guidance along the way.

“We’re so proud that Matthews, Davina and Joe’s performance has been assessed this year, resulting in them achieving the ‘Advanced’ award and it’s a great example of the continual development we invest in, here at Dawsons.”

To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service.

This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK.

Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Llanelli, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. As a Relocation Agent Specialist, Matthew ensures that this process is made even smoother.

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said: “Congratulations to Matthew, Davina and Joe. To be recognised for their performance this year and receive our ‘Advanced’ assessment is truly a fantastic achievement, with only a handful of people across the Network making the grade.

“Selected by us to represent the Network in Llanelli, Dawsons has proved themselves to be the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”

CAPTION: L-R Matthew Whitehead, Davina Rowlands and Joe Chiffi

Shepherds in Parkmill

Dawsons appointed agents to sell Famous Gower landmark business

One of Gower’s most famous businesses is up for sale – Shepherds in Parkmill, which was founded in 1896.

The landmark village shop and five holiday cottages are on the market with Dawsons for £1,200,000. For an investor that would produce a gross accommodation income of approximately £70,000 per annum along with the famous Shepherd’s store, coffee shop and car park to the front.

The village shop began more than 120 years ago as an outpost frequented by locals and travellers. As day-tripping became more popular on Gower Shepherds became well known as a stopping-off-point for families with cars and Sunday school groups.

Shepherds Shop
Shepherds Shop

The existing shop operates on the site of the original premises. The original shop was demolished in the early 1930s and the current building constructed in eight weeks at a cost of £600.

The shop was later run by Don Shepherd, Glamorgan’s legendary bowler and his family.

Many people write fondly of Shepherds, and indeed, the late Sir Harry Secombe wrote of his “courting” exploits in and around Parkmill.

The shop has always been famous for its ice-cream, and countless doctors have prescribed a visit to Shepherds to children suffering from all sorts of ailments – from tonsillitis to glandular fever as its ice cream was so full of goodness.

Shepherds Cafe
Shepherds Cafe

In 1996, when Shepherds was 99 years old, the family retired, and the business was sold to Nick and Emma Hopkins, who, 23 years on, are also now planning their retirement.

“We too were taken to Shepherds as a treat by our own parents as children and had a great deal of love and respect for the place,” said Nick and Emma.

“We have tried to retain as much community spirit within the shop whilst making gradual improvements.  We renovated the shop in 1997, extended the range of ice-cream, built the new cafe extension in 1998, and added the cottage accommodation in 2007.

“We’ve been flat out ever since.  It’s been 10 years now and we’re welcoming new guests and seeing familiar faces return year after year.

“The cottages and apartment are constantly being upgraded and our attention to detail remains as keen as ever. We’re delighted to have received a Guest Review Award 2017 from Booking.com following positive customer feedback and aim to continue to strive to make our guests’ holiday as comfortable as possible.

“It’s now time to pass the baton on to someone else who will love it as we have.

“Our passion for Three Cliffs has grown over the years and we have never taken for granted its breathtaking beauty – we’re now looking forward to spending more quality time at the Bay.”

Chris Hope, Dawsons’ Senior Partner, added: “We are delighted to be associated with such a well-known Gower business and I am sure this is going to generate a lot of interest from near and far.”

Interior of one of Shepherds' cottages
Interior of one of Shepherds’ cottages